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pierce

verb uk   /pɪəs/ us    /pɪrs/
[I + adv/prep, T] to go into or through something, making a hole in it using a sharp point: The needle pierces the fabric four times a second. I couldn't wear these earrings because my ears aren't pierced. The gun fires a shell capable of piercing the armour of an enemy tank. The hole they drilled pierces six kilometres into the Earth's crust. [T] (of a light, sound, etc.) to suddenly be seen or heard, despite darkness, noise, etc.: A few rays of sunlight pierced the smoke.
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